Construction Industry Update: Stats Show WorkCover Claims on the Rise

Alarming new statistics indicate that workplace health and safety is a serious issue that warrants attention in Victoria and Oz in general. Recently the Victorian WorkCover Authority released its half year statistics which indicated a noticeable decrease in profit from insurance operations mostly due to a spike in work compensation claims. Last year during the […]

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White Card Update: Best Way to Manage a Fall Hazard

Falling from heights can be fatal especially when working on elevated work platforms, rooftops, scaffolds and similar heights. Regulation requires an approved safety system to be implemented, including guardrails, scaffolding and fall protection. If these measures do not sufficiently reduce the risk workers should be equipped with proper safety harnesses. Typically falls on construction sites […]

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Safety Concerns Shut Down Construction Site

Safety concerns recently shut down the site of a shopping centre in Wollongong. Construction on the Keira shopping centre site stopped after a union inspection found various safety concerns that jeopardised worker health and safety. Almost 100 workers were on site at the time of the inspection. According to the CFMEU some workers were sent […]

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Audit Targets Unsafe Practices

The electric shock incident of a young electrical apprentice on a Canberra building site had the entire country concerned, including WorkSafe who have launched a new audit to target unsafe practices such as allowing apprentices to work alone thereby endangering their safety. The incident in Canberra has highlighted the dangerous rate of injury particularly relating […]

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Housing Construction Blitz finds 90 Safety Breaches

A WorkSafe Victoria safety blitz conducted in Western Victoria last month revealed 90  safety breaches during the operation that inspected 120 housing construction sites. The WorkSafe inspectors visited almost 120 housing construction sites around Bendigo, Ballarat, Mildura, Warrnambool and Geelong as part of an operation dubbed Operation SafeSite. The sites visited were warned beforehand of […]

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Workers, beware of falling objects!

An incident at an aluminium factory recently is an example of how workers can be hit by falling objects unexpectedly causing serious injury. Although the incident did not occur on a construction site, building sites are rife with falling object hazards, it is an area of safety that has WorkCover particularly concerned. Read about the […]

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Injured Worker Jailed for Compensation Fraud

An injured worker in Western Australia has been jailed for 3 months for fraudulently obtaining more than $50,000 in weekly compensation payments. The injury occurred in 2009 when the man hurt his shoulder and was allegedly unable to work thereafter. He then began submitting certificates stating his incapacitation to work. However during the time between […]

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Safety When Working with Ladders

By Joelk75 There are a number of tradesman whose work involves them climbing a ladder at some time or the other such as builders, electricians and plumbers. Although ladders are such a common feature on construction sites, they are consistently the cause of falls and injuries. Perhaps this is due to the fact that workers […]

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White Card Update: Tragedy strikes Melbourne Site after well-loved worker dies

A construction site incident in Melbourne today has highlighted the very personal nature of accidents. An article on Heraldsun.com.au makes it all too clear that construction workers are not just numbers, they are human beings with friends and families whose lives are forever changed by the passing of their loved one. According to the family […]

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